Facebook appears to be testing a new option in its Android app among some users that will make the app use less of your precious geebees. However, it doesn't appear to be anything beyond a simple photo resolution switcheroo, reducing the size of images that appear in your News Feed so that downloading them consumes less data. Interestingly, the toggle for the feature is positioned directly at the top of Facebook's labyrinthine sidebar menu, which is prime real estate. It's possible a wide rollout implementation would see this feature nested down in the settings area, though, and that this current placement is simply an attempt to maximize engagement with the toggle among users with whom it is being tested.
It could also be more is happening behind the scenes in terms of data usage reduction, but the text below the switch is all we have to go on at this point for the actual source of the data savings. Whether the feature will roll out to all Facebook users remains to be seen, and this is the only tip we've received about the toggle. Are you seeing the "Use Less Data" switch in your Facebook app?
- Johnny HK!